The Digital Nomad Guide to Gran Canaria (Canary Islands)

Imagine working with a view of endless blue skies, beaches full of surf spots, and a laid-back island vibe. That's Gran Canaria: a destination many digital nomads and sun-seekers alike dream about! This island is not just a destination; it's a lifestyle.

In this guide, I'll dive into why this Canary Island is on the radar among the best European destinations for digital nomads and share everything you need to know to make the most of your remote work adventure.

So, pack your laptop and sunscreen – Gran Canaria's eternal spring is calling!

Where is Gran Canaria Located?

Nestled in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, Gran Canaria is one of the stunning Canary Islands, belonging to Spain but closer by about 150 kilometers to the northwestern coast of Africa.

Gran Canaria is the third-largest island in the Canaries, offering a diverse landscape ranging from lush green north to desert-like south, with a bustling capital city, Las Palmas, acting as a cultural and business hub.

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Gran Canaria was named after a misunderstanding that it was the biggest island of the Canary Islands.

Living in Gran Canaria as a Digital Nomad: Pros and Cons

Lugar Cafe Digital Nomads Gran Canaria
Digital nomads at Un Lugar Café in Gran Canaria (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)

Gran Canaria isn't just another spot on the map; it's a well-developed remote hub that waits to be discovered. But like any other digital nomad place it has its advantages and disadvantages.

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Please bear in mind that traveling is personal and this is just my own experience in Gran Canaria, although I'll try to be as comprehensive as possible and give you a 360 view of the island.

Pros of Gran Canaria for Digital Nomads

Let's start explaining what makes Gran Canaria a hit among European digital nomads. Spoiler: it’s not just the sun and the beaches – there is so much more to it!

1. Great Weather All Year Round

One of the biggest perks of Gran Canaria is obviously its consistently great weather. With temperatures rarely dipping below comfortable and the sun almost always in attendance, you can say goodbye to those gloomy, grey days that bog down your mood and productivity. Whether you're coding on the beach or brainstorming in an open-air cafe, the island’s climate is a digital nomad’s dream, offering the perfect backdrop for both work and leisure all year round.

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For reference, Gran Canaria has around 300 days of sunshine a year!

2. A Cultural Mosaic

But this island isn't just about enjoying the great weather; it's about immersing yourself in a culture where every festival and street corner has a story. Think of Gran Canaria as Spain but with an extra dash of flair. Thanks to its proximity to Africa, this continent has a strong influence, which can be seen from the Berber settlements that are scattered all over the island. The island also had its own indigenous people, the Guanches, who inhabited the island before the Spanish conquest of the Canaries.

3. Affordable Living in a Sunny Location

Another Gran Canaria's big draws is its affordability, giving you more bang for your buck compared to other European destinations​​.. Here, the cost of living doesn't bite into your budget too hard, allowing you to enjoy a comfortable island lifestyle. You'll discover, in fact, that your euros go a long way, whether you are looking for a quaint apartment or dining out in the ton of food options that Gran Canaria offers.

4. A Strong Remote Work Community and Infrastructure

In Gran Canaria, coworking spaces like The House and Hashtag Workspace are more than places to work; they are communities. These aren't your typical office setups – they're vibrant, creative, and sociable spots where work meets play. Imagine brainstorming on a sunlit terrace or collaborating with fellow nomads in a dynamic and comfortable environment​​​​. Well, that's Gran Canaria! On top of that, you have the fastest internet in the Canary Islands and, sometimes, in most places in Europe! So if you have a profession that require you to have a strong connection, that's the place for you.

5. Easy to Explore, Hard to Get Bored

Gran Canaria may not be the biggest in size, but it's huge in adventure. The island's efficient transport system makes exploring it super easy. With everything from hidden beaches to mountain trails and canyons just a short drive away, spontaneous explorations are always on the agenda​​. Forget the traditional office; Gran Canaria offers a truly natural workspace like no other, and it's really a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether catching waves or hiking through those scenic trails, the island's natural beauty will always inspire and rejuvenate you​​.

Cons of Gran Canaria for Digital Nomads

While Gran Canaria is a digital nomad's paradise in many ways, it's only fair to talk about the flip side too. Every place has its downsides, and knowing them helps you prepare better. Here's what you might want to consider before packing your bags for Gran Canaria.

1. The Need for a Car for Exploration

Unless you're planning to stick around Las Palmas, having a car is almost a necessity in Gran Canaria. The public transport system is decent, but to really explore the island's hidden gems, a car is invaluable. And in Las Palmas, be ready for the city life drawbacks – air and noise pollution, heavy traffic, and the eternal struggle for parking spots, often limited to 2 hours and not free.

2. Beaches: Not Quite a Tropical Paradise

Gran Canaria's beaches are a surfer’s dream but might not tick all the boxes for everyone. In Las Palmas, you might come across beaches with plenty of algae, which, let's be honest, aren’t the most pleasant in terms of smell. The waves are fantastic for surfers but can be overwhelming for families or those looking for calm, swim-friendly beaches. The most picturesque beaches are in Las Palmas and Maspalomas, which, unfortunately, are also the most touristy areas.

3. Over-Development in Major Areas

Dreaming of an untouched island paradise? Well, parts of Gran Canaria might not live up to that. There's significant over-development around major towns and industrial areas scattered across the island. While there are plenty of natural spots to enjoy like the Maspalomas Dunes and Roque Nublo, the reality is that as a digital nomad you'll likely spend most of your time in the island's hotspots, which are far from the idyllic island life you might envision. So if you expected the Canary island from a quick picture you saw on Instagram, you'll likely be disappointed. However, if you get a car and you are ready to drive for at least an hour or two, then you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beautiful nature that Gran Canaria has to offer!


If you passed this section, it means you are keen to learn more about Gran Canaria and need some more practical information about this place. So let's get straight into how to get to this Canary island!

How to Get to Gran Canaria

El Teide seen from Gran Canaria
El Teide, Spain's highest point, seen from Gran Canaria (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)

Whether flying in from Europe or making a longer journey, Gran Canaria is surprisingly accessible, serving as a bridge between continents and a crossroads of cultures. Let's see the different ways you can get here.

From Around the World

Gran Canaria's international gateway is the Gran Canaria Airport (LPA), conveniently located between the capital city of Las Palmas and the popular south. This bustling airport welcomes flights from major European cities and connects to destinations worldwide. Many budget and premium airlines operate regular flights here, so you'll likely find a route that fits your schedule and budget. If you're coming from outside Europe, you might need a connecting flight, usually through mainland Spain or other major European hubs.

From Other Canary Islands

What if you are already exploring the Canaries? Gran Canaria is just a hop, skip, and jump away. Inter-island travel is great here, with frequent ferry services and short flights. Companies like Fred Olsen and Naviera Armas run regular ferries to Gran Canaria from neighboring islands, offering a scenic and relaxed way to travel. If you're short on time, local airlines like Binter Canarias and Canaryfly offer quick flights that'll get you to Gran Canaria in no time.

Transportations and How to Get Around in Gran Canaria

Roads in Gran Canaria

Once you land at Gran Canaria Airport, getting to your final destination on the island is straightforward.

Public buses, taxis, and car rental services are all available at the airport. The bus service is the cheapest option, with regular routes to major towns and tourist areas. If you prefer more comfort or have a lot of luggage, taxis are a convenient choice, while car rentals will give you the flexibility to explore the island at your own pace.

The latter is personally my favorite choice as renting a car with the most well-known Canarian company Cicar is, without exaggeration, among the cheapest in Europe (only around €19/$20 a day for a brand new Fiat 500).

Best Accommodation Options in Gran Canaria

Houses in Puerto de Mogán, Gran Canaria
Houses in Puerto de Mogán, Gran Canaria (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)

The next big question is probably where to leave your backpack and sleep during your stay. Whether you’re planning a short visit or a long-term stay, this island has all sorts of spots to call home. Below are some options I recommend based on your digital nomad needs.

Private Apartments/Houses: Best Option for Long-Term Stay

If Gran Canaria is going to be your office and playground for a while, renting a private apartment or house is your best bet. This option gives you your own space and the freedom to really settle in. You can find a range of choices, from cozy studios in the heart of Las Palmas to serene beachside villas. Websites like Idealista and Airbnb are great starting points to hunt for that perfect spot. And hey, having your own kitchen means you can whip up some local dishes whenever you like (that's what I do usually).

Colivings: Best Option for Community

For nomads craving a community vibe, colivings and hostels always hit the spot. Take Repeople, for example, which offers several coliving spaces like The Roof, The Artisan House, Mozart House, and The Mansion. Each offers its own unique vibe and more than just a bed – they're about joining vibrant communities. Expect to find networking opportunities and social activities like volleyball matches, food socials, and tapas nights. And don’t miss out on Palma Coliving, renowned for its dynamic community life, weekly events, and top-notch coworking spaces​​.

Hotels: Best Option for a Shorter Stay

For shorter stays or a more carefree and premium experience, hotels are a go-to choice. beCordial Hotels & Resorts, for instance, offers accommodations specifically designed for digital nomads. Apartments Cordial Mogán Valle in Puerto de Mogán and Cordial Santa Águeda holiday homes in Arguineguín are hot picks. These places aren’t just about comfort; they offer modern apartments with high-speed Wi-Fi and coworking spaces. And let’s not forget those sweet long-stay discounts that are perfect for nomads sticking around a bit longer​​.

Best Areas to Stay in Gran Canaria Island

Whether you're a beach bum, city slicker, mountain enthusiast, or even a surf aficionado, this island has a spot that’ll feel just right. Let me share with you some of the best areas tailored for digital nomads.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: The Urban Heart

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Las Palmas, the capital, is a no-brainer for nomads who love the city vibe or like to surf. It's a bustling center with all the urban perks you'd expect – great cafes, coworking spaces, and lively nightlife. The district of Vegueta, with its historic charm, and the beachside promenade of Las Canteras are hotspots for those who want the best of city life and beach lounging.

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If you hate traffic or have a car, stay away from Las Palmas. You will need to pay for most of the parking spots, and they have a time limit of 2 hours most of the time, so you will need to move your car from one parking slot to another unless you have a special resident permit.

Maspalomas: Beachside Bliss

Dunes in Maspalomas (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)
Dunes in Maspalomas (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)

If your idea of the perfect office is a beach umbrella and the sound of waves, Maspalomas is your best bet. Known for its stunning dunes and vibrant beach life, it's ideal for those who want to mix work with sun, sand, and sea. Plus, it's a great spot to unwind after a day's work with its array of beach bars and restaurants.

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I personally loved this place, but be aware, though, that it is among the fanciest areas on the whole island.

Lloret, El Confital, and El Frontón: The Surfer’s Paradise

Surfers in Gran Canaria

Lloret, El Confital, and El Frontón are must-visits for the surf-loving nomads. These areas are famous for their excellent surf spots, attracting surfers worldwide. Not just about the waves, these areas also offer a laid-back lifestyle and a chance to mingle with the local surf community.

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If you are a beginner surfer, you might also want to check out Las Palmas and Maspalomas which have surfing schools and offer beginner-friendly surf spots.

Agaete: The Hidden Gem

Agaete (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)
Agaete (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)

For a taste of authentic island life, you gotta head to Agaete. This lesser-known area offers a peaceful retreat away from the tourist crowds. It’s perfect for digital nomads who appreciate nature and tranquility. The nearby Agaete Valley, with its coffee plantations and lush scenery, is a bonus for those leisurely weekend explorations.

Arguineguín: A Local Experience

Arguineguín, Gran Canaria

Arguineguín, a bustling fishing town, is ideal for nomads looking to immerse themselves in local Canarian culture. It's less touristy than other spots but still offers all the essentials, from good eateries to beautiful beaches. It's a great middle-ground for those who want a bit of everything – local vibe, beach life, and a touch of tourism.

Teror: For the Mountain Lovers

Teror, Gran Canaria

Nestled in the mountains, Teror is a charming choice for those who prefer cooler climates and lush green landscapes. Known for its beautiful basilica and quaint streets, it’s a quiet, picturesque town perfect for getting away from it all while still being within reach of the island’s other attractions.

Puerto de Mogán: The Venice of the Canaries

House in Puerto de Mogán, Gran Canaria
House in Puerto de Mogán, Gran Canaria (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)

Looking for something a bit more laid back and picturesque? Puerto de Mogán, known as the Venice of the Canaries, is your spot. This quaint fishing village turned resort town offers a more relaxed pace. Its pretty canals, flower-adorned streets, and cozy eateries make it a great place for nomads seeking inspiration in a serene setting.

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Some people might see this place as touristy, but if you are looking for an excellent Instagram-worthy place, that's the one!

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Internet Connectivity in Gran Canaria

A digital nomad’s best friend is reliable internet, and Gran Canaria gets this with a super-developed internet infrastructure for remote workers.

Let’s face it: what’s the point of a beach office if you can’t brag about it online, right? The island is pretty well-equipped in terms of connectivity, offering 4G across the island and 5G in select areas like Las Palmas.

Whether using the WiFi at your apartment, an eSIM or going local with SIM providers, staying connected in Gran Canaria won't be a problem. And when it comes to speed? We’re talking about one of the fastest connections I ever experienced on an island, with some places having more than 120Mbps in download and upload speeds.

Free Wi-Fi Around the Island

One of the perks of being in Gran Canaria is stumbling upon free Wi-Fi in many public spaces. Cafes, libraries, and even some beaches offer free internet access. It’s great for those times when you want to step out of your usual work zone without losing touch. Just remember, while free Wi-Fi is convenient, it’s not always the fastest or most secure option for heavy-duty tasks.

4G/5G Connectivity

Gran Canaria’s 4G coverage is strong, ensuring you stay connected whether you’re exploring the dunes of Maspalomas or the streets of Las Palmas. And for those in need of extra speed, 5G is present in urban areas, offering lightning-fast internet that’s perfect for heavy streaming or large file transfers.

eSIMs

For the tech-savvy nomads, eSIMs are a great option in Gran Canaria. They provide the flexibility of choosing your provider and plan without the hassle of a physical SIM card. Airalo or Holafly eSIMs are perfect for those who need to juggle multiple numbers or want to switch between data plans quickly based on their needs. Here's an example of some interesting eSIM plans these two popular eSIM providers offer:

1. Airalo eSIM Plans for the Canary Islands

Plan Data Validity Price
Mansetel 1 GB 7 Days US $4.50
Mansetel 2 GB 15 Days US $7.50
Mansetel 3 GB 30 Days US $10.00
Mansetel 5 GB 30 Days US $14.00
Mansetel 10 GB 30 Days US $23.00
Mansetel 20 GB 30 Days US $36.00

2. Holafly eSIM Plans for Spain

Validity Data Price
5 Days Unlimited data with calls $19.00
7 Days Unlimited data with calls $27.00
10 Days Unlimited data with calls $34.00
15 Days Unlimited data with calls $47.00
20 Days Unlimited data with calls $54.00
30 Days Unlimited data with calls $64.00

*Make and receive calls for up to 60 minutes

Pre-Paid Local SIM Cards

If you prefer the traditional route, local SIM cards are affordable and readily available. Providers like Movistar, Orange, and Vodafone offer a range of plans tailored for short-term and long-term stays. With a local SIM, you benefit from consistent coverage and can easily top up as needed. It’s a straightforward way to ensure you’re always just a click away from the rest of the world.

1. Movistar Prepaid SIM Card Packages

Plan Data Coverage Validity Price
Prepago Plus 10+30GB 28 Days €10
Prepago Premium 15+60GB 28 Days €15
Prepago Total 20+105GB 28 Days €20

2. Orange Prepaid SIM Card Packages

Plan Data Coverage Validity Price
Go Fly 100GB 28 Days €20
Go Run 50GB 5 Days €15
Go Walk 25GB 15 Days €10
Holidays Pass 5 Unlimited 5 Days €15
Holidays Pass 15 Unlimited 15 Days €25

3. Vodafone Prepaid SIM Card Packages

Plan Data Coverage Validity Price
Prepago S 50GB 28 Days €10
Prepago M 100GB 28 Days €15
Prepago L 140GB 28 Days €20
Prepago XL 160GB 28 Days €30
Prepago XXL 190GB 28 Days €40

Best Places to Work From in Gran Canaria

Beach House Coworking in Gran Canaria
BEACH HOUSE Coworking in Las Palmas (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)

For digital nomads, the quest for the perfect work spot is as important as a sun-kissed beach. In Gran Canaria, you get both! Whether you're looking for a buzzing coworking space or a cozy café to settle down with your laptop, this island has plenty of options.

Coworking Spaces

Gran Canaria's coworking spaces are as diverse as its landscapes, offering everything from vibrant community hubs to quiet nooks for deep focus.

  • The House: The House in Las Palmas is more than just a workspace; it's where ideas grow. Its inviting ambiance, standing desks, and delightful roof terraces make it perfect for those who love a little sun with their spreadsheets. When talking to the owner, he mentioned that he will move soon from its current location. So make sure to check their actual location, as it might change from the time of writing!
  • The Beach House: This is my favorite coworking as it definitely adds a touch of seaside serenity to your workday. It is located near the beach and combines professional working conditions with a laid-back vibe, perfect for those who want to mix productivity with relaxation. The only cons of this coworking is that they have no phone booths and sometimes can be a bit loud if you like to work in silence. If you are a social butterfly instead, the owner is such great fun himself and will ensure you get to know all the other members of their wonderful community!
  • Soppa de Azul: Soppa de Azul, also in Las Palmas, is where creativity meets productivity. This artistic space doubles as a gallery, making it a prime spot for those who draw inspiration from the arts.
  • RePeople Coworkings: RePeople offers several coworking spaces across the island, each with its unique flair. These spaces are known for their vibrant communities and a range of amenities that cater to every digital nomad’s needs. It's a must if you want to get to be close to the digital nomad community on the island.

Cafés

  • Un Lugar Cafe: Un Lugar Cafe is the most popular café among remote workers on the island, and it's almost like a coworking, but free of charge (of course, make sure to get a cup of coffee or something to consume!). It offers a peaceful ambiance, ideal for those afternoons when you need to focus away from the usual hustle, and has such a fast internet! In some cases, it was even faster than some coworkings I visited. The only cons are that they close at 4PM and don't have many snack options.
  • LUWAK: Luwak in Las Palmas is a favorite for its excellent coffee and welcoming environment. It’s a great spot for those casual work sessions or to enjoy a good brew while catching up on emails. They do offer a good variety of snacks, but I must say that the place sometimes feels a bit too dark. They also close early, at 4.30PM (it's a common theme in Las Palmas).
  • Talleres Palermo: Talleres Palermo is more than a café; it’s a creative hub. Its unique blend of coffee, snacks, and cultural events makes it a fantastic place to work and hang out with other remote workers even after work. Like LUWAK, they close at 4:30PM but reopen at 7PM until late at night!
  • Starbucks in Playa de las Meloneras: For those who don't need lightning-fast internet but still want to enjoy working with an ocean view, Starbucks in Playa de las Meloneras is one of my favorite places on the island. The internet might not be the fastest, but the café-on-the-beach experience more than makes up for it, and they are also open until 10PM!
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Cost of Living in Gran Canaria

Restaurant in Gran Canaria

As a digital nomad who's had the pleasure of living in Gran Canaria, let me share a real live view on the actual expenses. It's an island where your euro - or dollar - stretch further than you'd expect, combining a laid-back lifestyle with an affordable cost of living (compared to Western standards).

Accommodation Costs

Accommodation is where you'll spend a good chunk of your budget. Generally, an entire house on Airbnb averages between €900 to €1,500 per month (that's about $1,015 to $1,690). But I personally snagged a deal for just €600 (around $676) for a whole month. The catch? It was up in the mountains, a 45-minute drive from both the south and north coasts. It's a trade-off between cost and convenience. So, if you're looking to save on accommodation, be prepared to sacrifice a bit on location.

Eating Out and Restaurant Costs

Local dishes in a typical restaurant cost around €10 to €15 per person (approximately $11 to $17). For a special night out, a three-course meal for two in a mid-range place is about €50 (around $56). If you're watching your budget, cooking at home or grabbing ready-made meals from supermarkets is the way to go.

Grocery Costs

Grocery shopping is pleasantly cheaper than on the mainland and the place to save money it's the Hyperdino supermarket chain. Here's a snapshot of costs:

  • A litre of milk is €1.00 (about $1.13)
  • Bread (500g) at €0.85 (just under $1)
  • Chicken breast (1kg) for €4.99 (about $5.62).
  • 250g of coffee (a must for those work-from-home mornings) costs around €2.29 (approximately $2.58)

Coffee and Cocktail Prices

Speaking of coffee, a cup of espresso or a cortado is just €1 to €1.50 (about $1.13 to $1.69). And for cocktail hour, prices in bars range from €3 to €4 for simpler mixes, averaging around €6 to €10 (approximately $6.76 to $11.27). Sipping a mojito or caipirinha by the beach? Priceless!

Fuel Costs

For car rentals, gasoline costs about €1.27 per litre (around $1.44, or $5.45 per gallon) and look out for Petrol Prix gas stations as they are the cheapest on the islad!

Gym Membership and Surf Lesson Prices

Gym memberships are a bargain here, costing between €30 to €50 a month (about $34 to $56). And for surf enthusiasts, lessons range from €35 to €50 per session (roughly $39 to $56). Worth every cent for riding those amazing waves.

Culture, Nature and Food in Gran Canaria

Queso al horno con mojo picón y mojo verde
Queso al horno con mojo picón y mojo verde (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)

Gran Canaria is not just a feast for the eyes but also for the palate, blending its rich cultural heritage with an array of culinary delights. This island offers a unique experience that combines history, traditions, and gastronomy in a way that's sure to captivate any digital nomad.

The Rich Cultural Tapestry

The island's culture is steeped in history, marked by influences from the Guanches, its original inhabitants, and the Berbers. You'll find traces of these ancient cultures in various historical sites and museums across the island. The locals are known for their kindness and hospitality, making every visitor feel like a part of their community. From vibrant festivals that showcase the island's traditions to the daily interactions with friendly natives, the cultural experience in Gran Canaria is genuinely enriching.

A Culinary Journey

Food in Gran Canaria is a delightful blend of Spanish, African, and Latin American flavors. One can't-miss dish is "papas arrugadas con mojo" – wrinkled potatoes with a spicy sauce that's a staple in local cuisine. The island's seafood is also exceptional, thanks to its fresh and diverse catches.

Local Restaurants and Dishes

  • Restaurante Tasca Galileo: A charming spot offering a taste of authentic Canarian cuisine. Their menu is a journey through local flavors and traditions.
  • Bar Restaurante Tatono: A must-visit for those who appreciate traditional cooking in a cozy, welcoming setting. Only locals in this place!
  • Tasca La Caldera: Known for its hearty and flavorful dishes, this restaurant brings the essence of the island to your table.
  • Bar Restaurant Roque Nublo: Perfect for sampling a variety of local dishes, this restaurant offers a genuine taste of Gran Canaria. Be prepared though to wait a few hours to get in as there is always a long queue of locals from all around the island! The place is also great after a visit to the beautiful Roque Nublo!
  • La Tasquita Galega: A delightful spot that combines local ingredients with a touch of Galician flair. Perfect if you want to try fresh fish caught on the day.

International Cuisine in Gran Canaria

For those times when you crave something different, Gran Canaria's international restaurants won't disappoint:

  • Kim's Pojangmacha (Korean Restaurant): A gem for Korean cuisine lovers, offering authentic flavors and dishes.
  • Avocadismo (Vegan Restaurant): A vegan paradise with a creative menu that's as delicious as it is healthy. Everything is avocado-based!
  • Delizia Pizzeria Italiana (Italian Pizza): Gourmet Italian pizza that'll transport you straight to Italy. I'm Italian, so trust me, it's worth it!
  • 200 Gramos Burger & Beverage (Burgers): Home-made burgers that are a cut above the rest, perfect for a casual yet tasty meal. Among the best burgers I ever tried in my life (not even kidding!)
  • Chiwawa Cantina Mesa y López (Mexican Restaurant): A vibrant and colorful spot serving up some of the best Mexican dishes on the island.
  • Tiki Taco (Mexican Taqueria): For a quick, delicious bite, their tacos are a must-try (and super cheap too!)
  • Calma Café (Breakfast & Brunch): Ideal for a leisurely breakfast or brunch with a wide variety of choices.
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Unique Coffee Plantation in Europe

Did you know that Gran Canaria is also home to the only coffee plantation in Europe? That's right – amidst the stunning landscapes and rich culture, the island boasts a unique claim to coffee fame. Located in the Agaete Valley, the coffee plantation is not just a place for coffee cultivation; it's a symbol of Gran Canaria's unique agricultural heritage. This plantation offers a glimpse into the intricate process of coffee growing and production. For digital nomads who are coffee enthusiasts, a visit here is a must. It’s an opportunity to savor a cup of locally grown coffee that's as unique as the island itself.

This experience is one of those rare treats that combine learning and leisure in the most aromatic way possible.

Outdoor and Adventure Activities

Gran Canaria isn't just about great food and cultural richness; it's also an adventure playground. The island is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a plethora of activities from hiking in its rugged mountains to surfing on its lively beaches. While we'll dive into the specifics in another section, it’s worth noting that whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or someone who enjoys leisurely outdoor activities, Gran Canaria has something for you. From the dunes of Maspalomas to the pine forests of Tamadaba, the island’s diverse landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for a wide range of adventures.

The combination of natural beauty and thrilling activities is what makes Gran Canaria one of the top destinations in the Canary Islands for those seeking an active and exciting lifestyle.


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Best Time to Visit Gran Canaria

Playa de Las Canteras in Las Palmas
Playa de Las Canteras in Las Palmas (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)

Picking the right time to visit Gran Canaria can be as crucial as choosing the right beach to unwind or the perfect café to work from. This island, blessed with a mild climate year-round, is always ready to welcome digital nomads. However, depending on what you're looking for, some months might suit you better than others.

The Best of All Worlds: Late Spring and Early Autumn

The sweet spot for visiting Gran Canaria is during the late spring (April to June) and early autumn (September to November). During these months, the weather is particularly pleasant – not too hot, not too cold – perfect for both work and play. The island is less crowded, giving you more space to explore and enjoy. Whether it’s hiking in the mountains or lounging on the beach, these months offer the ideal balance of comfort and tranquility.

Summer: Sun, Sea, and Festivities

Summer (July to August) in Gran Canaria is all about vibrant energy and bustling beaches. The weather is warmer, making it perfect for beach activities, water sports, and exploring the coastal towns. It’s the peak tourist season, so expect the island to be livelier (and more crowded). Although it's not the best time considering the crowd it's also true that in this time the island hosts various local festivals and events, offering a deep dive into the island’s culture. So, up to you!

Winter: Mild and Relaxed

Winters (December to March) in Gran Canaria are mild compared to much of Europe, with cooler evenings but still plenty of sunshine. It’s a great time for digital nomads who prefer a more relaxed pace. The winter months are ideal for outdoor activities like hiking and exploring the natural landscapes, as the temperatures are comfortable for physical activities.

Anytime is a Good Time

Honestly, Gran Canaria is one of those rare places where ‘anytime is a good time’ holds true. With about 300 days of sunshine a year, the island is a year-round destination for digital nomads.

12 Things To Do in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is not just a fantastic place to work remotely; it's also an island brimming with activities and experiences that can enrich your stay. Whether you're an adventure seeker, a culture enthusiast, or someone who loves to relax, there's something for everyone here. Let's explore some of the must-do activities in Gran Canaria that make it a haven for digital nomads.

1. Roam the Dunes of Maspalomas

Dunes of Maspalomas
Dunes of Maspalomas (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)

Discover the desert-like landscape of Maspalomas' stunning sand dunes. Perfect for a leisurely stroll or a unique photo session, these dunes offer a remarkable natural experience right next to the ocean.

2. Visit the Roque Nublo

Roque Nublo
Roque Nublo (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)

Embark on a journey to one of Gran Canaria's most iconic landmarks, the Roque Nublo. This ancient volcanic rock formation stands majestically, offering a challenging yet rewarding hike. Once at the top, you are treated to some of the most spectacular views on the island, making it a must-visit for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.

3. Explore Barranco de las Vacas

Canyons in Gran Canaria

Visit this striking canyon, ideal for photographers and nature lovers. Barranco de las Vacas' formations are reminiscent of the famous Antelope Canyon.

4. Watch the Sunset at Pico de las Nieves

Roque Nublo seen from Pico de las Nieves (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)
Roque Nublo seen from Pico de las Nieves (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)

Experience a breathtaking sunset from Gran Canaria's highest point. Pico de las Nieves offers panoramic views of the island, making it a memorable spot for sunset watchers.

5. Stroll Through Puerto de Mogán

Puerto de Mogán
Puerto de Mogán (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)

Wander around 'Little Venice', with its charming canals and bridges. Puerto de Mogán's ambient cafes and shops provide a picturesque backdrop for a relaxing day.

6. Visit Local Towns of Firgas and Teror

Firgas (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)
Firgas (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)

Explore the rich history and beautiful architecture of these charming towns. Firgas and Teror's picturesque streets are a window into the island's culture.

7. Explore the Historic Town of Vegueta

Historic Town of Vegueta
Historic Town of Vegueta (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)

Dive into Las Palmas' history by exploring Vegueta. This old town area is rich in culture and architectural beauty, offering a glimpse into the past.

8. Surfing in El Confital, Lloret, and El Frontón

Two surfers in Gran Canaria

Catch the waves at these renowned surfing spots. El Confital, Lloret, and El Frontón are known for their excellent surfing conditions, suitable for all skill levels.

9. Hiking in Tamadaba Natural Park

Mirador del Balcón in Tamadaba Natural Park

Discover the serene trails and lush pine forests of Tamadaba Natural Park. The park's natural beauty and breathtaking views make it a haven for hikers.

10. Taste Local Delicacies

puntillas de calamar fritas
Puntillas de calamar fritas (Photo Credits: Freaking Nomads)

Indulge in Gran Canaria’s culinary delights, including fresh seafood and the iconic "papas arrugadas con mojo." The island's cuisine is a treat for food lovers.

11. Visit Wineries and Coffee Plantations

Coffee beans

Explore the unique wineries and Europe's only coffee plantations in Gran Canaria. These visits offer delightful experiences for wine and coffee enthusiasts.

12. Hike to Playa de Guïguï

Playa de Guïguï

Embark on a hike or a boat ride to this secluded beach. Playa de Guïguï's tranquility and untouched beauty make it a perfect escape for those seeking peace amidst nature.

Visa Requirements and Digital Nomad Visa for Spain

Navigating Spain's visa requirements is key for digital nomads eyeing Gran Canaria as their remote work paradise. Whether it's a brief escape or a long-term relocation, understanding these policies is your first step to a hassle-free experience.

Tourist Visa for Short Stays

For stays up to 90 days within a 180-day period, many nationals, including those from the US, Canada, and Australia, can enter Spain without a visa. This arrangement allows for travel and work within the Schengen Area, making short-term stays straightforward.

Spain Digital Nomad Visa for Long-Term Stays

Spain's newly introduced Digital Nomad Visa opens doors for non-EU citizens working for companies outside of Spain. If you hold an undergraduate degree, have at least 3 years of professional experience, and can prove your employment status with a foreign company, this visa could be your ticket to a longer stay in Spain. Along with you, your family members can also benefit from this visa.

Key requirements include health insurance coverage, proof of sufficient financial means, and a clean criminal record. The application process involves submitting various documents such as the National ID number (NIE), recent photograph, valid passport, and a proof or residence. Decisions are typically made within 10 days. This visa is a game-changer for those seeking to blend the joys of living in Gran Canaria with their professional commitments.

Other Long-Term Stay Options

For stays exceeding 90 days, the Non-Lucrative Visa and Self-Employment Work Visa are traditional pathways. The Non-Lucrative Visa suits those who can sustain themselves financially without local employment, while the Self-Employment Visa is ideal for starting a business or freelance work in Spain.


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Is Gran Canaria Safe?

So, if you're wondering about safety in Gran Canaria, well, you'll be happy to know that this island is as safe as it is sunny! Known for its laid-back vibe and friendly locals, Gran Canaria is generally a very secure place for digital nomads and tourists. The low crime rate here means you can relax and enjoy the island life with peace of mind.

Of course, the usual travel smarts apply – keep an eye on your belongings and stay aware of your surroundings, especially some dark streets in Las Palmas by night which gave me a dodgy vibe sometimes. But overall, Gran Canaria rolls out a safe, welcoming mat for all its visitors, making it an easy choice for a worry-free remote work destination.

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